Hopes to open Chesterfield location by spring
CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- The president of Pete's Tire Barn hopes work on his location slated for Route 9 will be finished by the spring, after being put on the back-burner this year due to a heavy volume of other development projects and a tiff with the state.
Pete Gerry told the Reformer his company has been stretched thin recently with acquisitions across New England, though he is trying to have the Chesterfield location open by the time the flowers reblossom. He said it all depends on how construction goes during the winter.
"We're a small company and we bought an on-going tire company in New Hampshire and just took over a Firestone in Montpelier also," he said last week. "We've just grown at a rate that we've been unable to attend to everything."
He also said his business has been "raked over the coals" by the state after giving it a piece of land -- appraised at more than $200,000 -- to be torn up for the development of an access road to the state's new liquor outlet store on Route 9. Gerry said he was not compensated for the roughly 2,000 yards of loam the state took when it accepted the land.
Gerry, whose company is based in Orange, Mass., told the Reformer his company stored $8,000 worth of loam on the land while the state constructed the liquor outlet. He said the state took all the loam for its landscaping work and did not compensate him for it. Gerry said he has spoken to people at the state level and was told nothing could be done for him.
Gerry said he has the option to sue the state but will not.
A woman with New Hampshire Liquor Commission said she was unaware the allegations made by Gerry. Other calls to New Hampshire officials were not returned.
Construction of the liquor depot has been completed. New Hampshire is one of 18 states in the country in which the government directly controls the distribution and regulation of alcohol.
Gerry told the Reformer he has 20 Pete's Tire Barn locations across New England and the one in Chesterfield spans about 10,000 square feet. There is another location at 220 Old Ferry Road in Brattleboro.
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